It’s beginning to look a lot like… the holidays! This week, we’re kicking off some of our holiday celebrations across the country. So, dress up and be sure to look snazzy — because Santa Claus is comin’ to town!

In Chicago, we’re spending a illuminating night at the Lincoln Park Zoo. That’s “illuminating” in a very literal sense… a whopping two million dazzling lights will transform the Lincoln Park Zoo into a winter wonderland. 

In Chicago, we’ll  also head to Ovation for our IVY Winter Gala with cocktails, a great group of members, a special live performance by Tsukasa Taiko, and a DJ.

Our holiday celebrations continue in New York with IVY x Samsung Holiday Cocktails at Samsung Galaxy Studio SoHo, a state-of-the-art interactive studio with a photo booth, cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, and lots of merriment. There’ll also be a social media contest, so be sure to check out all the details at the event… you won’t want to miss the prize!

And, finally, in San Francisco, we’re toasting the holidays IVY style with a Soirée at White Walls Gallery, a stunning space dedicated to displaying inventive artwork. 

Besides the holiday celebrations, we’re also celebrating the final IVY Innovator Award for 2015 at our special IVY Innovator Night, presented by Cadillac. The Award for Design will be presented by the iconic fashion designer and Council of Fashion Designers of America member Christian Siriano.

Named “the new king of old-school glamour” (Elle), Christian Siriano is the world’s youngest winner of Project Runway. His whimsical, show-stopping designs regularly appear on A-list celebrities for the red carpet, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, and Taylor Swift.

Who will take home the top prize? Stay tuned…

When we’re not celebrating, we’re hearing from serial entrepreneur Wayne Chang in an IVY Entrepreneur Night. At 32, Wayne is already one of the most accomplished people in technology. His latest venture, Crashlytics, was sold to Twitter about a year after it launched. At the time, it was Twitter’s biggest deal — valued at ~$300 million at its IPO. Wayne has been building high impact ventures since the age of 7, and he has played an important role in a wide variety of leading tech companies, including i2hub, Dropbox, and Napster. This not one of those talks you miss…

And, last but not least, because we’re so busy, we’re unwinding with a relaxing meditation in Los Angeles at Wanderlust. It’s quite a week here at IVY!

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